Royal Ascot 2016 Review – Going and Draw Monday June 20th 12.45pm

Going

This was a Soft ground Ascot that didn’t suit every horse but if the horse was good enough it went through it. It seemed to pay to be prominent as not many came from too far back with maybe the exception of the outstanding Order of St. George and both Kinema and Kings Fete who were in the last three turning for home in the 12F Duke of Edinburgh handicap.

Draw on the Straight course 7F/8F

Jersey Stakes (19 ran) –                7, 17, 3, 2, 10, 9, 1, 13, 5, 8 (1st 10)

Hunt Cup (28 ran) –                         4, 26, 20, 10, 2, 19, 12, 7, 25, 2 (1st 10)

Sandringham (21 ran) –                 17, 24, 20, 12, 23, 8, 7, 6, 21, 2 (1st 10)

Britannia (28 ran) –                          12, 18, 23, 30, 27, 9, 28, 17, 20, 22 (1st 10)

Draw on the Straight course 5F/6F

Wokingham  (28 ran) –                   28, 11, 26, 6, 1, 27, 14, 30, 8, 7, (1st 10)

Windsor Castle (22 ran) –            I, 6, 8, 24, 19, 3, 2, 18, 17, 11 (1st 10)

 

Straight Course Conclusion – It’s all in the jockeys heads! The far side looked on balance a better place to be with those drawn in the 20’s in the big fields at a genuine disadvantage. However it was more important to be drawn near the pace and then get a clear seam when you needed it.

In my opinion the following horses could have improved their placings if they had been drawn lower!

Thikriyaat, Librisa Breeze, Mitchum Swagger, Carry on Deryck, Sharaakah, Diploma, Chief Whip, Arcanada, Yattwee, Toofi, Burnt Sugar.

In the smaller field Group/Listed races on the straight course the jockeys chose to come down the centre and everyone had a chance if good enough.

 

Round Course Conclusion

At times I feel the draw is more important and how you deal with it on the round course than the straight.  From an outside draw do you push for position, do you drop in behind, do you race thee wide?

All The Ghurka’s problems were caused in the first one hundred yards being unable to get any position but trapped on a rail too far off the pace. Slowly into stride, drawn wide didn’t help the cause of Linguistic. Platitude in the King George V Handicap was certainly not helped by stall 18, having to race wide throughout and then hanging to the rail in the straight.

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